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Strong demand for Toyota 86 sports car

Toyota New Zealand has released the long awaited 86 sports car, with demand already reaching unprecedented levels.

Toyota New Zealand General Manager of Sales, Steve Prangnell said, "The launch of the 86 is an important event for Toyota in New Zealand and worldwide. It's been a number of years since we last had a pure sports car in our line-up, and we know a lot of Kiwis have been waiting a long time to get their hands on one."

"We set up a dedicated website and Facebook page for the 86 in New Zealand and got a great following - over 9,200 Likes and counting. Thanks to the attention the 86 has attracted here and overseas, we've had a number of customers pre-register their interest in buying, and have taken orders for over 40 cars already."

"This level of pre-launch interest is unprecedented for us, and we're focused on getting cars out to fans as quickly as we can. Customers come first, so we'll be making sure the available cars go out to those who have already put in their orders. Our dealers will have demonstrators available, based on what wasn't already spoken for."

"Our stock situation is good, but we know from what's been happening overseas that demand will exceed supply, and we're expecting the same situation here in New Zealand. If your preferred model or colour isn't available, we're encouraging customers to talk to their local dealer to forward order their 86."

The 86 will be offered in New Zealand in two factory specifications (86 and GT86), with a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) package available for a limited number of early buyers.

The 86 enters the market at $41,986 for the six speed manual transmission, and $42,986 for the automatic version. The manual GT86 has a Recommended Retail Price of $46,986, with the automatic at $47,986. A sports aero kit is available for GT86, priced at just $1,600.